Solved Bad Sectors on a Hard Drive

August 10, 2012 at 18:22:56
Specs: Windows XP, 1.0Gb
My WD hard drive has not working correctly so I ran the WD extended diagnostic program. The hard drive failed with an 08 error. I tried to repair it using chkdsk but that did not work. Will doing a destructive system restore fix this problem? Thank you.

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August 12, 2012 at 05:42:44
I was confused; memtest86 indicated that the memory was ok. The HHD failed the WD diagnostic utility's short and extended test. I looked up the error code that the utility generated and it said to replace the HHD.

Thank you.



#1
August 10, 2012 at 18:43:56
First run Memtest86 to make sure that memory errors are not giving you false errors on your hard drive test.

NO, actually, the Very First step it to make sure you have a back up on your files then run Memtest86.

If the memory tests completely OK then rerun the WD utility, if the errors are repairable, it should be able to perform this for you.

Personally, if the 8 bad segments prove to be confirmed (after the memory test), I would back up (if you have not already) and replace the hard drive. If you have that many errors, more are likely to follow and I feel that you need to be able to trust your hard drives completely. We always need back ups, but we never plan to use them. Using a drive that is going bad, is trusting too much in your back up.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
August 11, 2012 at 16:08:58
Fingers,

Thanks for the advice; I tried Memtest86 and got fails so I bought a new hard drive.

Thanks again.
Brian W


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#3
August 11, 2012 at 19:18:55
If memtest fails you replace memory.

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#4
August 11, 2012 at 20:24:20
Yes, I thought that would be clear. You need to replace the memory if it fails the memory test.
RAM= Memory > Tested with Memtest
HD= Storage > Tested with hard drive manufacturer's utility. After you confirm memory is good since memory errors can give you false hard drive error readings on testing.

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August 12, 2012 at 05:42:44
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I was confused; memtest86 indicated that the memory was ok. The HHD failed the WD diagnostic utility's short and extended test. I looked up the error code that the utility generated and it said to replace the HHD.

Thank you.


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#6
August 12, 2012 at 16:08:49
OK, that at least make sense. Yes, the drive should be replaced.
You are welcome.

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